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Kenya's Olympic Javelin Star Says He's the Victim of Sabotage

Julius Yego says his coach and others won't arrive in Rio until the 16th—too late to train.

The self-taught javelin powerhouse Julius Yego, shared his frustrations on social media after learning that his coach will not be joining him in Rio on August 7.

In a heavily punctuated Facebook post, the famous javelin star who taught himself the sport by watching YouTube videos, complained that his coach would be arriving in Rio a day before he is set to go and compete on August 17. The 27-year-old Kenyan said:

“Is someone trying to sabotage the results of team Kenya at Rio!! Am reading mischieve on how the management of the team is being run, the sprinters left last Sunday and their coaches were left behind, very irresponsible and funny way! Now my coach is being told... he will arrive a day before I get to the field !ridiculous!! Who is who now !!...This issue arouse in London in 2012 some officials arriving towards closure of the games !! For sure I can’t imagine being alone less my coach in training in Olympic it’s a big torment that requires athlete well preparedness, to be at high level of mindset of which without a coach it’s impossible for the athlete to achieve !!...”

He ended the post with: “Bogus top management and pretense !!”

Here's Yego's original post:

One Facebook user, Koech Okech, alleged: “This has nothing to do with AK [Athletics Kenya]but the usual corrupt NOCK [National Olympics Committee Kenya] and Kenya Govt Officials who have given priority to the old officials accompanied by their girlfriends at the expense of the actual athletes. The list of all those give Brazilian Visa will be made public and Kenyans and the whole world will be shocked as to the percentage of the athletes compared to the large number of officials and side chicks. Kip Keino also made millions for hosting the team in his camp which only a few athletes lived in. Meanwhile: link"

Photo by Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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